ESPN.com recently featured this piece by Doug Ward on the history of Yankee Stadium. It is a great column. In the summer of 2006 I went to the Bronx and took in a game with Ryan Fitzhugh. It was a Saturday afternoon contest against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Yanks won 5-2, with homers from Cano and Damon, and in the 9th we got to see Mariano Rivera take the field to the tune of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” The weather was perfect, it was a sellout crowd, and our section out on the right field porch featured three fan ejections. It was a great day in the Bronx.
My trip to Yankee Stadium in 2006 was prompted by the knowledge that the “House that Ruth Built” was in it’s waning years. I wanted to take in a game before the Bronx Bombers transitioned to New Yankee Stadium, which will be located right across the street from the old ballyard. I’m on a quest to visit every major league franchise. I’m at 14 of 30, and may go to Cincinnati later this year.
I’m looking forwad to the All-Star game this year, and think it is appropriate that Yankee Stadium will host. Long live baseball.